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Zora Festival 2015!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Starting this Saturday, Zora Festival 2015!brings you “Rhythams of the Diaspora: The Influence and Impact of the Music Created by People of African Ancestry”. From storytelling, to music, a museum opening , a preservation conference , and worship, this special event has it all. The week long event is capped off by a 2 day Outdoor […]

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Zora Festival 2013!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Zora Festival 2013! This year the festival theme says it all – “Zora’s Eatonville: Culture as Conservator of the Community’s Heritage” . It is an outstanding line up of education programs, information about the roots of Eatonville, Haitian Art Stroll, outdoor festival of the arts, food trucks and MORE! Starting Saturday, January 26 and ending Sunday, […]

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ZORA! in Central Florida

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Minutes from our Maitland bed & breakfast, the annual festival honoring Zora Neale Hurston will take place this week. Especially popular is the downtown street festival that starts Friday and runs through Sunday.  This years theme is “Womanism, Feminism and Issues of Gender”, and the major focus of the festival is “Zora Neale Hurston and […]

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North Orlando Zora Festival!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Eatonville’s yearly ZORA Festival is upon us, and it is just minutes from Thurston House bed & breakfast in North Orlando.

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North Orlando – Goldsboro?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Great historic lecture and documentary about Goldsboro, Fl.

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Coming up…ZORA!!!

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The 20th (can you believe it!) Zora Neale Hurston Festival starts this week. There will be all sorts of events, and the end is a street party festival along Kennedy Blvd. this next weekend. My guests are very excited about walking down the street to go to it…only 1/2 mile from Thurston House. It should […]

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Eatonville dressed for the holidays!

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Eatonville, the oldest incorporated African American municipality (1887) in the US, is just down the street from us. We often head down their main street on our morning walks. This shot was taken last week. The beautiful brick sidewalks and many street lights glow with holiday decorations. Come stay at Thurston House bed & breakfast […]

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Eatonville, a small town just to our west, is the oldest Incorporated African American Municipality in the United States. It was home to the writer Zora Neale Hurston for many years. Her books were often based on her experiences here. Maitland was even mentioned in the book Their Eyes Were Watching God, made into a […]

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